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Lady Lever Art Gallery, Birkenhead

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Art Gallery
The Lady Lever Art Gallery was opened in 1922 by Princess Beatrice who was the youngest daughter of Queen Victoria; the museum was founded and built by the industrialist and philanthropist Lord Leverhulme. The museum is a significant surviving example of late Victorian and Edwardian taste. The Lady Lever Art Gallery is set in the garden village of Port Sunlight. It houses major collections of fine and decorative art, along with many of the world famous Pre-Raphaelite artworks and Chinese ceramics and Wedgwood jasperware. The collections are an expression of Lord Leverhulme’s personal and favorite taste. He also mainly bought pictures which in his opinion would attract the housewives who were his main customers. He began collecting art in the late 19th century to use as advertising for the popular Sunlight Soap brand that helped to create his fortune therefore at this point he was collecting arts for business, but as he grew richer his collections began to expand, his confidence grew as well and had developed a taste for collecting. He mostly collected British art, he was also fascinated by Chinese art i.e.
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Reviews
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  • A fantastic gallery with a wealth of artefacts and history. Free parking and a lovely, relatively cheap cafe. If you want a cheap day out, this is it!!  more »
  • A really special gallery to visit, underused but has some amazing work to see. Special exhibitions are usually excellent and a very good cafe to visit in the building. The building itself is amazing. ...  more »
  • I was so impressed with the stunning selection of eastern and western art and objects on display. The temporary Edo Pop exhibition was fantastic too! The gallery itself is located in a beautiful build...  more »
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  • The Lady Lever Art Gallery was built by William Lever, 1 and first opened in the early 1920s Although the museum is relatively small, it's well maintained and contains a varied range of art exhibits & paintings The museum has a decent cafe & gift shop If traveling by train to the museum the Mersey rail station `Port Sunlight' is within easy walking distance. The village of Port Sunlight was built by William Lever for his workers is a monument to his generosity and good taste, and warrants a visit itself, whilst you are there.
  • Really lovely place, quiet interesting things to see, friendly staff. Great gift shop and absolutely lovely tea room downstairs
  • Beautiful gallery. Contains a lot more than you would expect. Stunning ceilings. Good little shop.
  • Wonderful place - so many great works of art to see in a truly beautiful building. They have trails and quizzes for children, good, helpful information about the stuff on display and a lovely cafe which serves great food. And all in the gorgeous, picturesque setting of Port Sunlight. Highly recommended.
  • Absolutely LOVE this place, it's a gorgeous, historic building in a lovely, relaxing setting and the art works are AMAZING. Friendly staff, free parking, children's activities, decent cafe.. William Lever's legacy is well worth a visit ☺